ANCHORS AWEIGH: Official Song of the U.S. Navy
WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH A DRUNKEN SAILOR: Irish Rovers
ETERNAL FATHER, STRONG TO SAVE: The U.S. Navy Band
VICTORY AT SEA: Richard Rogers
June 1942: after graduation from Ithaca College he enlisted in the Navy, where his father had served. He was assigned to the Naval Station at Newport, RI.
SHIP: under construction: SS ALASKA, a Battle-Cruiser
Battleships were named after States, but this was not a true battleship, nor was Alaska a state at that time.
This experimental vessel had more speed than a battleship, but more fire power than a cruiser.
ORDER OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON (for crossing the Equator)
PLANK HOLDER: awarded each member of the FIRST CREW to serve aboard a given vessel.
WHILE AT NEWPORT WALT FINLAYSON:
–Conducted a 300-voice Naval Chorus
–Ran some rehearsals for the Dance Band (as acting assistant conductor)
–Played Sax and Clarinet next to Artie Shaw
–Wrote arrangements of many Big Band tunes:
SHAKEDOWN CRUISE: West Indies (Trinidad)
Souvenirs: bought maraccas and made sketches of various ports of call
Musician Buddies: Jim Barden, Milt Dalins, Stu Hall, Bill Ford, Hunter Wiley